“A Square Peg in a Round Hole” 格格不入
Lily Hawkes 莉莉 霍克斯
resident artist June 2014
Solo Exhibition 個展
From June 1, 2014 to June 30, 2014
Saturday, June 21st, 5pm to 9pm
Lily Hawkes' work from her residence at Pantocrator M50 combines outdoor views and interior spaces, dissecting and reconfiguring the Shanghai cityscape, borrowing shapes and imagery, and combining these with the recurring motives and aesthetics of her work.
The playful and suggestive piece is designed to create a highly theatrical presence whilst continuing to tackle issues regarding form, colour, and texture.
The final result of Lily's residence is closer to a gallery takeover than an exhibition, so join us for a drink among this unique, candy-coloured, and larger-than-life installation on Saturday, June 21st.
Lily Hawkes is an artist based in London, UK. She is the latest artist to take part in Pantocrator Shanghai's artist-in-residence programme, which brings international artists to work in Shanghai.
Lily Hawkes combine outdoor views and interior spaces, dissecting and reconfiguring the Shanghai cityscape, borrowing shapes and imagery and combining these with recurring motifs and aesthetics in my work. The playful and suggestive piece is designed to create a highly theatrical presence whilst continuing to tackle issues regarding color, texture and form.
'Architecture itself can unnerve the viewer as much as any ghoulish tale' - Freud
Structures are borrowed from the cityscape in both its silhouette and detail. The artist use existing spaces, objects and composition to inspire new structures. She analyze, redefine and present segments from these spaces in the gallery environment allowing the viewer to re-experience familiar composition and shapes often resulting in something that teeters between the sincere and the artificial.
The collective impact and use of dichotomy in scale and materiality are intended to allow the viewer to form their own experience that simultaneously confronts and seduces as they are immersed in a fabricated, artificial environment: a culmination of passive associations, inherent tensions and behavior.
The work relies heavily on materiality and composition; fabric aspects feel ephemeral in pale and faded colors whilst wooden structures seem permanent and durable in comparison. Hawkes explore the visual relationship between hard and soft materials, the use of industrial materials in juxtaposition with the handmade. The sculptures often exhibit huge mass and weight, dwarfing the viewer, evoking a feeling of awe and oppression.
The instillations act as post apocalyptic landscapes, both industrial and polished, weathered and temporary. They are mobile and immobile, fragile and strong, a visual jarring of materials, influences and scale; with the intention of immersing the viewer into a carefully balanced tension and contrast: a simultaneous confrontation and seduction.